Whilst in Kansas, I got the amazing opportunity to jump behind the wheel of a Porsche 917 recreation by Kraftwerk… one of the most comprehensive replicas you can buy of the iconic 1970s race car. Even better, I get to drive it on the downtown streets of Wichita to dinner!
First, there was derision. Then, mockery turned into admiration. Now, a battle is unfolding between two of the most revered names in the automobile world, Porsche and Tesla, on one of the world’s most challenging race tracks.
The two automakers are vying for electric vehicle bragging rights on Germany’s Nürburgring, a circuit with 73 tight turns, changing elevations and a brutal length of more than 12.4 miles winding through a leafy forest, earning it the nickname “Green Hell.”
Yet another salvo fired in the EV performance wars as Tesla claims it’s secured a production lap record at the Laguna Seca Raceway. We’re not so sure.
Quick? Yes. Record-setting? No.
We may never know for sure exactly what started the EV performance wars of 2019, but the arrival of the Porsche Taycan on the scene really stirred things up. When that car set a new Nurburgring Nordschleife EV lap record of 7:42, Tesla’s Elon Musk was quick to respond that their own ‘Ring attempt was coming (an attempt that Porsche eagerly welcomes). We’re still waiting on the results there, but Musk is now claiming that his company has secured the sedan lap record at California’s Laguna Seca Raceway.
The EV wars are heating up and Germany’s vaunted Nurburgring Nordschleife is the new battleground. The new Taycan set a better-than-commendable 7:42, and Porsche welcomes the competition.
The epic Nurburgring Nordschleife has been a performance benchmark for decades. Largely unchanged since the 1920s, this 12.9-mile stretch of undulating asphalt is a must-visit destination for any performance car worth its salt. Lately, with the rise of performance-oriented electric cars, the track has earned new significance not just thanks to its difficulty, but its length.
EVs are remarkably good at delivering ridiculous acceleration in short bursts, but sustained performance is … More
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